Los Alamos National Laboratory Specials Materials Machinist 4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory has several great machining opportunities for highly motivated technicians to work with current staff to perform fabrication and machining operations on a wide range of materials, components and projects in both a classified and unclassified environment.

Successful Level 4 Special Materials Machinist candidates will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide machining support for the fabrication of components for a variety of machining operations which may include special nuclear materials (SNM) and non-SNM machining activities

  • Support high-precision production machining of SNM, precision disassembly of SNM, and other precision machining operations in a nuclear facility

  • Support development of equipment, processes, and tooling for new missions, products, projects and other operational activities

  • Working from complex drawings, sketches, and/or verbal instructions to facilitate the manufacture of parts and assemblies by programming, setting up, operating and repair of manual and CNC mills and lathes, and a variety of general machine shop tooling

  • Acquire and maintain pertinent certifications, such as the Fissile Material Handler (FMH) certification, to support fabrication deliverables and to be qualified as a glovebox worker

  • Primarily machining hazardous materials and high explosives that can range from a wide range of metals and metal alloys (including depleted uranium and uranium alloys), composite materials, plastics, foams, rubber, graphite, high explosives and other materials as necessary

  • Support installation, testing, operation of new equipment and removal of legacy equipment, while complying with all safety, security and environmental regulations. This will include the use of applicable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) i.e. –safety glasses, steel toe shoes, anti-C clothing, respirator, etc.

  • Provide customers with reliable estimates for fabrication work to potentially be completed at a machine shop, when requested by the customer while working under time-critical schedules.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Willingness to work with radioactive/hazardous materials, and use hands-on mechanical/mathematical skills

  • Working knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GT&T;) and ability to read and interpret customer technical specifications from a variety of media (including drawings and blueprints, informal sketches and computer-generated solid models)

  • Experience performing precision measurements with hand and bench inspection tools such as, micrometers, verniers, calipers, gages, dial/digital indicators, etc. to ensure that the finished product meets dimensional specifications, where tolerance is typically +/- .0002 inch or less

  • In-depth working knowledge of the set up and operation of a variety of manual and precision CNC machine tools which can include grinders, jig borers and Electrical Discharge Machines (EDM’s)

  • Experience with Computer Systems (Servers, Licenses and Software Upgrades), Prototype Fabrication Environment and Operating Manual or power Lifting Equipment/Devices

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise the work of other machinists and maintain a safe work posture in a machine shop environment.

  • Expert working knowledge of administrative functions associated with machine shop operations within a Closed Area (CA) and Radiological Controlled Area (RCA) including, but not limited to, Plutonium Facility operations involving fissile material handling, glovebox operations for radioactive waste handling, chemical inventories, nuclear material inventories, high explosives, etc.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience working in a nuclear facility and/or with hazardous materials

  • Crane and forklift operator certification

  • Journeyman Machinist Certification, RADWORKER Certification, Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA) Certification or LANL High Explosives (HE) Handler Certification

  • Expertise in programming CNC machines and well versed with CAD/CAM software (i.e. -Pro-E, Pro-M, CREO, Solid Works or CAM Works)

  • Welding and/or sheet metal fabrication experience

  • Specific experience setting up, programming, and operating T-base and L-base lathes, DMU mills, Hardinge lathes, HAAS mills and lathes, Mazak mills and lathes, Bridgeport mills and/or manual machine tools

  • Active Q Clearance


  • Position typically requires a high school diploma and 10 years of related experience, OR

  • Equivalent combination of education and experience, OR

  • At this level, additional training, certification, and/or education may be desirable with technical institute graduate, Journeyman license or Associate’s degree preferred

Essential Job Functions:Peripheral vision, depth perception, reading vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 hz), standing, walking, bending, crouching, twisting the trunk or back, balancing, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, applying torque with hands or arms, gripping with the hands, pressing with hands or arms, pushing with hands or arms, pulling with hands or arms, typing or keyboarding, fine motor control, use of both hands, use of both arms, use of both legs, use of both feet, lifting & carrying 30+ pounds.

Notes to Applicants:THIS POSTING WILL CLOSE ON JUNE 15th, 2018. Applicants should include a resume with a cover letter that addresses all of the minimum and any of the desired requirements individually. Cover letters may exceed CVs/resumes in length. (Save a copy of your cover letter and resume with the job number and name.)

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2:This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in the beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico, near Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Machine something great by joining one of the most innovative and dynamic R&D; engineering communities in the world! Listed below are the 4 areas that have needs for machinists.

  1. Sigma Division focuses on materials science and engineering, emphasizing metallurgical processes and research in support of the experimental testing program at Los Alamos. The Division is a service oriented capability that supports a broad customer base, both internal and external to LANL, with high quality one of a kind prototype components. The work ranges from unclassified to TS/SCI level security and covers all materials from hydrogen to uranium on the periodic chart, as well as non-metal, such as composites and inorganic materials.

  2. The LANL Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division addresses national security challenges by executing mission-driven, large-scale, integrated experiments, emphasizing sub-critical experiments, hydrodynamic tests, focused experiments, and tests of engineered systems. J Division operates the Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility, and also operates or utilizes other LANL firing sites and facilities. The Division collaborates to execute sub-critical and other integrated experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and NNSA, DOE, and partner organization facilities as needed. Within J Division,J-8, the High Explosives (HE) Fabrication Group, engineers and manufactures precision high explosives and mock components for a diverse R&D; customer base to meet present and future national security needs in a safe, secure and efficient manner.

  3. The Plutonium Machining Group (PT-2) is responsible for developing equipment, process, and machining plutonium in support of the United States’ modern stockpile. PT-2 has the responsibility for operating and maintaining the plutonium facility laboratories, gloveboxes and equipment in PF-4 and development activities at satellite machine shops. PT-Division’s pit manufacturing operations include plutonium casting, machining, gas, chemical, welding and assembly. PT also offers a broad range of challenges including equipment development, process development, precision machining, models based engineering using CAD/CAM, and challenging machining/disassembly activities in support of national security.

  4. Prototype Fabrication (PF) is a division consisting of two groups whose mission is to provide machining, welding and life-cycle support to machine tool systems for the Laboratory. Capabilities include Precision Fabrications in a wide variety of materials and sizes; Preventative and Corrective Maintenance; Fabrication Systems Support; and Fabrication Technology and Engineering for machine tool design/development. Located across multiple technical areas across the Laboratory, PF manages a diverse machine tool capability and resources necessary for fabrication and manufacturing in support of multiple programs while adhering to Lab, federal, DOE and state requirements.

Maximum Salary: 118200

Minimum Salary: 72500

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Budge, Trevor L.

Organization Name: ODSS/Human Resources-Office of Diversity Strategic Staff

Email: tbudge@lanl.gov

Job Title: Specials Materials Machinist 4

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC65219